Microsoft has promised to leave the game alone, at least for a few more years.
Throughout the ongoing process of Microsoft confirming its bid to completely acquire Activision-Blizzard, there’s been a bit of a question mark hanging over everything. Specifically, which, if any, Activision-Blizzard games will still be permitted to publish outside of Microsoft consoles and services? After all, one of Activision-Blizzard’s biggest franchises, Call of Duty, has been multiplatform for years, but if Microsoft completes the purchase, they will technically have the right to remove the games from PlayStation consoles.
According to Microsoft, though, they’re not planning on doing that, at least not for a little while. In a statement to The Verge, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer promised that the Call of Duty series will remain available on all supported platforms for the foreseeable future.
“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements,” Spencer told The Verge.
The Verge: Phil Spencer wrote Jim Ryan a letter in January saying that Call Of Duty would still be available on PlayStation "several more years" beyond the current Sony contract in placehttps://t.co/zYfsaBcyXB pic.twitter.com/tmMfpaIAXW
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The agreement Spencer is referring to was originally reported back in February, wherein Microsoft promised to leave Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles for at least two more years after the deal goes through. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Sony is rumored to be building a legal case for keeping the series on their platforms as a contingency plan, claiming that losing access to Call of Duty would place them at an unfair business disadvantage.